Boccone South
Boccone South

Boccone South

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 9733789222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 10:30pm
    Sunday 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday Lunch for Private Events only
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Sicilian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Carlo Carbonaro
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Off-Premise Catering available - please inquire about menus

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottland Road
  • Public Transit: South Orange NJ Train Station one block away
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Municioal Parking in back of Restaurant
A word from Boccone South
Welcome to Boccone South! We bring a Modern Mediterranean flare to South Orange, NJ's hottest new old fashion Italian restaurant. Host: Silvio Caruso
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Boccone South reviews from OpenTable diners
40 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (18)special occasion (14)romantic (11)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (7)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • AvonguyVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Real solid medittaranean cuisine in south orange! Definitely recommend it!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great place to dine REGULARLY!
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Excellent food, service and ambiance. What more could you ask for??
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Good
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner here. The food and service were both amazing. The menu is extensive and the wait staff, including the owner, were very attentive. Didn't love the decor - really wasn't remarkable. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice
    MaterbaMe
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Second time dining there, confirming our first impression: Very good. The restaurant is very appealing, with a fresh look and pleasant atmosphere. Our meals were excellent, selected from an interesting menu and presented very nicely. Service was very good- our glasses never lacked for wine or water, and the staff was well prepared in the ingredients and special elements in each dish. BYOB- quick to service the bottles. The deserts are spectacular as well... try the Tiramisu w/gelato on the side. We will return often, and sample the entire menu. We highly recommend this restaurant- an enjoyable evening for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A FAVORITE
    bella
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Boccone South has the culinary know-how along with an impressive menu thanks to owner, Silvio.The warm greeting assures your needs will be met graciously. Our appetizer was delicious, salad was creative, especially enjoyed with fresh peaches. Stuffed pork medallions were bursting with chopped raisins, apricots and prunes tenderly seated in red wine reduction sauce. ABSOLUTELY SUPERB! WOULD ORDER THIS ENTREE EVERY TIME I DINE HERE! As with the seared yellow-fin tuna over shrimp risotto, served to PERFECTION! Both mouthwatering! High class presentation with gold star taste! Silvio's homemade bread pudding with side of gelato and cappuccino...HEAVENLY! Classy Mediterranean restaurant to impress your date or celebrate with family and friends!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Meal
    Hopeforbetter7
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The family and I really enjoyed our dining experience at Boccone South. The owner visited our table and made recommendations that were superb. The food was fresh, rich and filling. We highly recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local Italian
    Viretarmis
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've all had Italian (you're from New Jersey, right?) This is a step above. From the warm personal greeting by maitre'd to the smart and hip waitstaff, this place is worth a trip. Great menu, which changes with the seasons. Reasonable prices, home made pasta and BYOB. What are you waiting for?.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A South Orange Gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful food, service and abidance at very reasonable prices. A great place to dine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BebeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everyone enjoyed their food. The service was very good. An enjoyable evening! We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Scarlet
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perhaps it was late in the day for lunch but the food was not at all presented well and was drenched in sauce and left much to be desired. The cappuccino tasted like sweet hot milk.....awful..... It will be a long time before returning, for lunch anyway.
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  • Dennis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The owner was very friendly came to table a few times to see how everything was if we didn't see what we wanted on menu he would make it for us food was good service was good and price was also good would and will come back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mimianne
    mimianne
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This place could be reallly great - the owner and servers were very nice - but they very much need to figure out what kind of restaurant they're going to be. Some of the food was good but some of it was really mediocre. And, though there are new owners, they are still serving food off the old owners menu! Which wasn't that good to begin with. So they need to work on finding their own identity. If they do that this could turn into a really solid neighborhood choice.
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  • Good food, great service
    MagnumVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Have dined here at least 6 times and food is always good. It won't knock your socks off but it is reliably tasty and quick. bYOB
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Hidden Treasure
    bella
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Discovered Boccone South! A "must go" restaurant for delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Silvio made sure we received gracious "on point" service. Our savory dinners included the Tilapia Provinciale and the Veal Saltimbocca. Our desserts were delicious and to our surprise we were also served a complementary portion of "zabaglione with fresh strawberries"...DELICIOUS...made by Silvio. The ambiance, service and Italian cuisine has you coming back for more!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owner
    MariaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    While the food here is very good and we frequent Boccone numerous times, the manager/owner never came to our table to ask if we enjoyed our meal. There weren't many diners there when we went, yet he went to all the other patrons and asked and never once came to ours. Its very special when the owner takes the time to ask if we enjoyed our food and when that doesn't happen, you really want to never go back there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favoprite place for us to dine
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Wonderful food, service, ambiance at very reasonable prices. The home made style tiramisu I had was the best ever!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • barbara
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Food and service were both good, but the restaurant was practically empty at prime time on a Saturday night. Made it a little less fun, but I'd go back and others should try it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite with broader appeal
    SolidGVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We eat here often and always enjoy it. We have brought friends from in and outside of NJ and to a person they remark on how good it must be to have such an excellent restaurant so close to home. BYOB with a liquor store just a two short blocks way. Excellent pizza and they will change some ingredients if you prefer something different. Even if something isn't top notch (get the Thai, not the regular, calamari - the regular is a bit bland), the owner, Silvio off-sets any little issue with his friendly disposition and his desire to make everything work for you. Leave room for dessert. Family-friendly but can also work for a romantic dinner. It is a shame the place is nearly empty weeknights but that can be to your advantage.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South Orange Winner
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Enjoyed dinner on Friday evening for the first time at Boccone South. The wait staff was attentive,but not intrusive. Our wine was handled in an efficient way. We ordered a salad special, and spedini to share. Both were tasty. We also had chicken fantasia and another chicken special . Portions were plentiful. Silvio, the owner, was very personable and present. Our dessert of bread pudding and ice cream was very good. A nice addition to the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food, service, overall
    M2Me
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was incredible. The owner stopped by our table and we just HAD to give him rave reviews. Will definitely be stopping by again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A South Orange Gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Wonderful food, service, ambience and reasonable prices
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Very yummy
    momofthree
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Had a delicious meal at the restaurant...Salad was really fresh and extremely large portions. Had a special parmesan crusted halibut over fava bean risotto which was out of this world. I could eat that dish everyday. Was a bit disappointed with dessert but the meal was fantastic..Will definitely go back...very quiet restaurant and the service was terrific.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Italian restaurant
    OrangeSquared
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The quintessential Italian restaurant experience is at Boccone South. Appetizers, entrees, and desserts are fresh and delicious, each with a signature twist making it unique. It's hard to imagine a more welcoming and warm staff, from owner Silvio to the servers. Silvio's authentic Southern Italian polenta with mushrooms is a gastronomic delight. Veal saltimbocca was luscious. Homemade tiramisu capped a perfect meal. We live in the area and can't count the Italian restaurants within easy reach, but Boccone's has become ours.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 156 reviews are from the Boccone South reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The owner was warm and welcoming. BYOB helped to keep the tab down. Service was excellent. Portions were ample. Food was average.
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  • Desserts need work
    suchafoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The tiramisu was one of the worst I ever had which is unfortunate because the food otherwise is generally quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A South Orange Gem
    TioPeteVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    great food, service and prices! It's a favorite place for us to dine
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    DrCarol
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a party of 9. Celebrating a graduation. Great service, even the owner was a wonderful presence. Different food tastes. Some had food allergies. Everyone was happy with the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. What a pleasure to be able to have our food tastes and needs met!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worthy
    4dining
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Silvio, the owner for six months, has maintained the fine quality from his predecessor. Food is very good with excellent variety - from pizza to lamb chops, from steak to pasta. We've dined at least dozen times and it always pleases.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfecto!
    setonhallgrad
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My family came to South Orange from Pittsburgh this weekend for my graduation. We were looking for a good restaurant to have dinner after the ceremony, and a professor of mine recommended Boccone. It turned out to be an excellent suggestion! Not only was the food outstandingly delicious, the service was impeccable. Our server was extremely friendly, upbeat, and knowledgeable. The entire staff of the restaurant appeared to be the same way, greeting us with smiling faces. The food was authentic Italian and it was one of the best meals I had in a long time. I was so pleased that we chose to dine here because it provided my out-of-state family members with a great and memorable experience in South Orange. I'll definitely be back to Boccone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Name Still Very Good
    Terp330VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Nice Italian BYOB. Pizza Margarita is closest to real Napoli we've found in NJ. Had swordfish special and fish plus risotto were just right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • My sons Communion Party/lunch
    RomanticSpot
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My family and friends had a wonderful time. Silvio and his entire staff were very attentive and the food was amazing.. Kudos to Buccone south for being incredible. That Flambé was outstanding... We are all coming back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was delicious- service was great- we had a wonderful time!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb service...good food
    TDPEACHES
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The owner Silvio and his staff must be commended for the service. They go above and beyond to insure that every need is met and we never felt rushed. I have frequented this place under a few names and a few owners and my favorite waiter Reuben is still there providing excellent service. The restaurant has been remodeled very nicely. Food presentation was appealing and portions were ample. Other than the calamari (like rubber bands), the food was good and the prices were very reasonable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meh....
    LUVFOODTRVLVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Were seated promptly on a Sat. night. Waiter recites specials and leaves for 20 minutes. We gave him the order and ordered a pizza well done. When the pizza came out it was barely cooked. An ordered soup came out chilled- except it was clam chowder. A pedrigal of dumplings came out with ice cold interiors over hot (and very bland) vodka sauce. A main of chicken scarp. was enjoyed by one of our party. A veal salimboca had 0 taste and the side mashed came out cold. All in all, we won't be coming back. And did I mention when out waiter did come back to take our order he wreaked of cigarette smoke?
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  • Always a treat.
    casanitaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    From the moment you walk in and are greeted by your host, Silvio, you know you are going to have a great meal. Wonderful food, good service and nice ambiance. AND BYO to boot. What could be better!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BYOB with very good food
    82Ndchef
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Made a last minute reservation and arrived late. No problem. Very personable service with good food to boot. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambitious Italian that misses.
    TrilliniteVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The restaurant is in a space that hasn't completely lost the hard surfaces of the ice cream shop it once was. Maybe because of that, we found the noise level a little off-putting. The menu tries to be out of the ordinary and it's reasonably priced. I ordered the spinach balls in a vodka sauce to start, and the black linquini with shell fish as an entrée. The spinach balls were bland with the sauce providing most of the dish's taste. The pasta dish was well prepared but also lacked distinctive flavor. Same for my wife's veal chop. We ordered 3 deserts and liked the strawberry zabaglione the most. For me, it was too much zabaglione and not enough strawberries. I would probably give the place another try, but not for a special occasion.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the restaurant
    IKSouthO
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food at Boccone is excellent. I wouldn't call the decor fancy, but it's very nice. The people in our party of 6 all had salads, pizza and pasta. The salads were very fresh with creative ingredients. The pasta was al dente, perfect and the sauces are also fresh and delicious. The pizza is very thin, crispy crust with lots of variety of choices. That was the only problem we had with the restaurant, they have only one small, pizza oven so our pizzas came at different times. It would also be nice if wine was served. It's BYOB, which doesn't fit with the higher end feel of the atmosphere and menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood Italian
    MagnumVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Have dined here on a number of ocassions and the food is reliably good and price is on a par with other restaurants of this caliber. Service is always friendly and professional. Even when they make an error, they make efforts to corect it ASAP. No liquor license so ByOB.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Outstanding Meal at Boccone
    Kevin
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I have now been here about 6 or so times, and every meal has been absolutely fantastic! This evening, I had a Spinach Dumplings and Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms as appetizers, Pepper-Crusted Tuna (rare) with Shrimp Risotto for my main course, and the Croissant Bread Pudding for desert. Every course was served exactly as ordered and was excellent! The Bread Pudding was decadent. Has to be the richest bread pudding I've ever had! In addition to the excellent meal, we were entertained by Vince Torrell, a wonderful singer specializing in Frank Sinatra and other crooner songs. I have heard him a few times previously with the Infernos, and he is always great! Perfect night!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.